Oil Dedicated to Blessed Karolina Kozka (martyr)
The Blessed Karolina Kozka was born onAugust 2, 1898, inPoland, the Diocese of Tarnów. In thevillage ofWał-Ruda which then was a part of the parish of Radłów and has been included into the parish of Zabawa since 1913 – the date of its formation. She was the fourth youngest of eleven children of a poor rural family. From 1904 till 1912 Karolina was attending the classes in the local school.
In the Kózka home, a spirit of love of God and that of duty to neighbourhood prevailed, as well as an atmosphere of devoutness, hard work and quiet reserve in which the young Karolina was raised.
In addition to the prayers, she loved her work that she sought to perform as best as she could. She was sensitive to the needs of help of her neighbours and waited on the elderly and the sick people. She catechised her youngest brothers and sisters and the children of the area. One of her companions who had lost her own mother gave this splendid testimony of the Blessed Karolina when saying, ‘She was more than a mother to me”. By means of this love of hers she exerted a great influence on the entire society in which she lived. They called her ‘a real angel’ and ‘the first soul destined for Heaven from among all her co-villagers’.